Understanding Burn Injuries
What Are Burn Injuries?
These are common injuries especially in households, and they mean more than burning sensations. They are characterized by serious damage on the skin to the extent that the cells die. Depending on the severity of the injury, most people can recover from them with no several health implications. However serious ones require emergency care since they can easily lead to health complications and even death.
Types of Burns
Burns are categorized into three groups which are the first, second and third-degree ones. All the degrees are defined by different levels of severity and damage to the skin and internal organs. The first-degree burns are the least regarding severity with the third degree referring to the most serious ones. For the first-degree burns, one will see red skin that has no blisters. Second-degree ones are characterized by vesicles and thickening of the skin. Third-degree ones are characterized by thickening of the skin in a wide area that turns to white and its appearance turning to a leathery like color. Fourth-degree burns are not common, but they contain all the characteristics of the third-degree ones, but the damage extends to the bones and other internal body organs.
Causes Of Burns
Burns can be caused by several things including;
• Electrical burns.
• Exposure of the skin to the sun for a long time.
• Fire from different sources.
• Chemical burns.
• Scalding from boiling fluids.
Assessing the Severity Of Burns
When you go to a medical center with a burn, they will have to assess the severity of the damage before prescribing the best remedy for it. The assessment is based on a couple of factors such as;
• The degree of the burn.
• The area of the skin that has been affected by the burn.
• The victim’s age.
• Location of the burn on the body.
• Type of burn.
• Other health conditions associated with the victim.
Some of the basic things about burn injuries have been mentioned, and it is always advisable to seek the help of a medical practitioner even after treating a burn. Some small ones can get infected and start spreading, something that leads to more complications.
What to do if your burn is severe?
In the case of a severe burn, you might need significant medical attention and treatment. Because of this, you might be entitled to compensation to help pay for medical attention and pain and suffering. If you have suffered a burn injury first seek medical attention immediately, and then if you would like to know if you could be entitled to compensation, contact our office.
All consultations are free and we can help get you the medical attention and compensation you deserve if you’ve been severely injured. Call Akers Law Offices now at 888-720-1422 or 304-720-1422.